Elemental Shift by Devina Salapuria
Re-imagining the various possibilities of fashion — focusing on the system and not the outcome
The Pillars of Fashion
A desire to visualise the outcomes and materiality of ‘tomorrow’.
A Layered Approach A statement by Ellen MacArthur Foundation significantly provides context to why we developed the concept of looking at fashion as a system while also questioning the future of fashion — “The system operates in an almost completely linear way: large amounts of non- renewable resources are extracted to produce clothes that after which the materials are mostly sent to landfill or incinerated.” The exhibit starts off with a view of what Devina Salarpuria's work station looked like as she started reading into Sheetal Patti and making her first bodice. The setting is replete with her tools, pens and handwritten notes. This is followed by an opened piece which she endearingly called the 'Peter Pan Collar' iacket to show how she overcame the stiffness of the surface and created human shapes. This then leads the pillared section where the post modernist world appear to float, draped on bamboo bodices. Each piece represents an insight into looking at fashion as a system — paralleled to the processes of Sheetal Patti and how it is can be allegory of the ideal textile of tomorrow. Each piece is accompanied by handwritten notes detailing Studio Moda India's observations for possible creators of tomorrow to reference. The conclusion is her final experiment with present day textiles and Sheetal Patti — Devinas findings state that this version was entirely malleable and flexible; a piece of generative art that shows an infinite loop of weaving and a curiosity stimulating statement closes the edit.
A Tactile Photo Series
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